Environmental and Occupational Health

DOL's ‘Silicosis’ wins Best Safety Video

A short, documentary-style video examining the devastating effects of silicosis has won PR Daily’s 2013 Video Award for Best Safety Video. Produced by the U.S. Department of Labors' Office of Public Affairs, “Silicosis: Deadly Dust” features interviews with doctors, department officials and stone carvers, painting a haunting picture of living with the disease and why it is so crucial that workers be protected from it.


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Use of respirators in healthcare settings

One of the occupational hazards in the healthcare setting is the airborne transmission of certain infectious diseases.1 The potential of exposure is not limited to physicians, nurses, and support personnel in direct patient care. It extends to those delivering food, cleaning patient rooms, and performing maintenance.


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OSHA answers FAQs about respirator use

Q: What is a respirator? A: A respirator is a protective facepiece, hood or helmet that is designed to protect the wearer against a variety of harmful airborne agents.


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What you should know about respirator change schedules

Respirator cartridges don't last forever! A change schedule is the part of the written respirator program which says how often cartridges should be replaced and what information was relied upon to make this judgment. A cartridge's useful service life is how long it provides adequate protection from harmful chemicals in the air.


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Infection prevention for Ebola patients in U.S. hospitals

Standard, contact, and droplet precautions are recommended for management of hospitalized patients with known or suspected Ebola hemorrhagic fever (Ebola HF), also referred to as Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) (See Table below).


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New NIOSH center to focus on exposure assessment devices

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has launched a Center for Direct Reading and Sensor Technologies (NCDRST) which will serve as a home for NIOSH’s longstanding work in the area of exposure assessment devices—work that is done across the Institute.


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New resource helps OSH pros assess workplace posture

Ergo injuries cost U.S. businesses billions a year

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), in partnership with the Canadian Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders, has released a new report that can help occupational health and safety practitioners more accurately and efficiently assess postural stress of workers performing their duties at work.


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CSB chief welcomes safe workplaces Executive Order

Statement of Rafael Moure-Eraso, Chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety And Hazard Investigation Board (CSB), on the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order.


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Controversial new coal dust reg goes into effect today

Mining industry says MSHA ignored its input

New respirable dust regulations that are intended to reduce the incidence of black lung disease among miners take effect today, over the objections of the National Mining Association (NMA), which calls them “one-size-fits-all approach” that won’t deliver real worker protections.


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A FairWarning article:

Labor activist who chose to work within the system is outsider once more, and again crusading for job safety

After decades of speaking out against workplace hazards in this country and abroad, Garrett Brown didn’t quietly fade away when he retired from his high-ranking state regulatory job in California. He came back to hound his former employer.


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Eye Injuries: You rarely see them coming. Practical Solutions for reducing injuries to the eye.

The 3M Eye Injury Reduction webinar will provide an examination of how to help solve eye injuries in the workplace. This issue continues to challenge virtually every industry, and the solution is often times multifaceted. 3M will share some new tools and approaches to help you in solving this issue.

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